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Folklore Studies

About Folklore Studies:

Contact information:

Folklore Studies Office:
Unioninkatu 38 D (P.O. Box 59)
00014 University of Helsinki
phone +358-(0)9-191 22633


Amanuensis:
katarina.koskiranta[at]helsinki.fi

Adjunct Professors

Dr. PERTTI ANTTONEN

University Researcher, University of Helsinki
Tel: +358-(0)9-191 22873
Email: pertti.anttonen[at]helsinki.fi

Dr. LAURI HARVILAHTI

Email: lauri.harvilahti [at] finlit.fi
Tel: +358-201131230
Research interests: My theoretical interests lie with the ethnocultural processes of various peoples, systems for archiving of folklore materials, studies on oral and literary epics and questions of ethnic and national identity. Rather than trying to reconstruct poetic systems, I am aiming at creating a broader ethnocultural theory taking in not only the poetic traditional systems in their natural environments, but also the manifold processes of textualisation in literary cultures, including the use of traditional meanings in new settings. As a result of fieldwork carried out I have become familiar with many traditional cultures. The leading ethical questions have to do with reciprocity and the foregrounding of the culture valuable to the people for study so that the research may benefit these people, too.

Dr. PEKKA HAKAMIES

Professor of Folkloristics at the University of Turku
Email: pekhak[at]utu.fi
Tel. +358-2-333 5247

Dr. ULLA-MAIJA PELTONEN

Archives Director of the Literary Archives of the Finnish Literary Society
Email: ulla-maija.peltonen[at]finlit.fi
Tel. +358 (0) 201 131 260
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Dr. HELENA SAARIKOSKI

Senior Researcher of Women's Studies, School of Art, University of Turku
Email: saarikoski.helena[at]gmail.com
Tel: 045 6795527
Research interests: Field research in contemporary culture; ethnographic methodology; textual, dialogic and feminist ethnography; ritual and narrative performance studies. Youth and children's cultures; girls' studies; schools' cultures, bullying and harassment in schools and at work: verbal insulting and degradation ceremonies; cultural dance research; children's play; popular culture: fandom studies of pop music.

Current research project: Construction of Gender in Children's Cultures (Academy of Finland).
Research project 2004-2006: Gender Narrated in Speech and Deed (Academy of Finland)

Dr. KIRSTI SALMI-NIKLANDER

Email: salminik[at]mappi.helsinki.fi
Tel: +358-40-724 9760
Research interests: My post-doctoral project Hand-written newspapers as an alternative medium in 19th and early 20th-century Finland is funded by Academy of Finland 2007–2009. The project focuses on hand-written newspapers, which have been an exceptionally rich and long-lived tradition in Finland. The study is based on several case studies with a time range from the1850s to the 1910s. The basic questions are: What socio-cultural functions did the hand-written newspapers serve in 19th-and early 20th-century Finland? What kinds of genres and means of narration were typical to handwritten newspapers? How did they relate to printed publications and the oral tradition?

Dr. LAURA STARK

Professor of Ethnology, University of Jyväskylä
Email: laura.stark@campus.jyu.fi
Tel: +358-14-260 1233
Research interests: My research interests include 19th-century Finnish magic and witchcraft, Finnish rural life and folk belief in the 19th century, gender theory, modernization, and folk religion.

Dr. LOTTE TARKKA

Professor of Folklore Studies, University of Helsinki
Tel: +358-(0)9-191 22629
email: lotte.tarkka[at]helsinki.fi